N-Scale Houses Upgraded

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by upguy, Dec 1, 2003.

  1. upguy

    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    Some pictures of some of the crumby houses offered in N-scale by Model Power and Bachman that can be impoved greatly just by giving them a decent paint job. First a subdivision of Model Power houses.

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    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    The house with the garbage truck in front of it is the only house that I didn't do much to...yet. I did put some large gold fish and lily pads in the fish pond though. ;)

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    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    Anybody else buy a bunch of the Georgian Mansions? What a disappointment when I opened it up. The picture on the front is not the same building! (It must be the HO version...maybe?) Anyway, here's what I did to it. Front view....

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    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    Anyone else care to share what they did to their Georgian Mansion to improve its appearance? Here's the back view....

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    Hi upguy!
    My motto is:
    Never overlook the cheapo kits, & never pay any heed to the discription on the box!
    Try to look at it niot so much as a 'kit', but as a collection of ready-made pieces for you to use.
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    I've learned from my other modelling hobby that there's no such thing as a bad model... only Bitz for kitbashing and scratchbuilding!
  7. upguy

    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    I probably should have posted this in the kitbashing section, but this structure is made from 2 Georgian Mansion kits and a piece of styrene for the roof.

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    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    Here is the reverse angle. I'm thinking of using it for a railroad station; my kids want to make it the Milk-bone Manufacturing Company headquarters with a large Milk-bone on the roof...

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    Nice work, I got 10 of the locomotive facilities from Model Expo when they were $4, but I haven't done anything with them yet.

    Mike.
  10. Arlaghan

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    Got an email from Model Expo earlier this week... those kits are like $2.99 now... Grab em up ! :D
  11. rcwatkins

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    Looks good. Is improving these kits hard?
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    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    rc,

    I don't consider myself to be an expert kitbasher, so I don't think that you will find the work that I have done to change these kits to be too hard. The main thing to do is start somewhere. That was the reason for my thread in the Scratching and Bashing forum.
    http://www.the-gauge.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=7595
    I got a bunch of these kits from Model Expo for only a few bucks each, so I figured there would be no great loss if things didn't work out. I don't want to have ten Georgian Mansions and 10 car repair shops made exactly the same on my layout, so I had to come up with something.

    At this time my work is mostly just rearranging parts and cementing them together. In the project pictures above I placed a piece of styrene for the flat roof, which changed the appearance quite a bit without a lot of work.

    Give it a shot! Just don't start with your most expensive kit. ;)
    This is where I have placed the kits made right from the box. Disguising the rest of them on the layout will be my biggest challenge.

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    I like the hump yard! Nice work on your kits too.

    Mike.
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    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    Thanks, Mike. You are very observant.

    Here is the next building under construction using the Georgian Mansion kits. Which is better...the flat roof or the roof using the multiple kit parts?

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    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    I thought it would be interesting to put the roofers to work on a building like this. Any ideas as to what type of industry this could represent?

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    I think the flat roof looks better. It looks more like an industrial building or warehouse.

    Mike.
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    UPguy,

    The building that you pictured that your kids want to use as a Milk-Bone factory actually looks very much like some row-housing in a town not far from where I am located, just north of Toronto. It has the very same layout, with a flat roof (though with chimneys sticking up at various places along the roof between "units") and the same type of window arrangement with shutters. It was originally housing that was built in the late 1920's/early 1930's for factory workers at a nearby manufacturing plant.
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    Hi upguy!
    I love what you've done with the Georgian Mansion kits!:thumb:
    I think going with the flat roof was a great idea, giving that structure a real urban/industrial type look...very much different from the original!
    Now that you've got that nice, big, flat roof, you can go crazy detailing the heck out of it! You can add another story or two to part of the building, or perhaps a wood, or corrugated structure up there...chimneys, pipes, vents, AC units, tanks...nothing enhances the look of an industrial building like roof details!
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    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    Well, the first building is supposed to be the station at LaGrande, Oregon. I don't know what it really looks like since I can't find any pictures. I know I took some, and I have them...but where? Oh well, here it is anyway...the way it should have been. :D

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    upguy Oregon Western Lines, CEO

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    The second building is just placed in a remote part of the LaGrande yard. It may or may not be its final resting place.

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